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PRINCETON — The Bureau County Board has expressed its support of Coroner Janice Wamhoff after reviewing a family's complaint alleging Wamhoff mishandled their family member's death investigation.
At Tuesday's county board meeting, Chicago attorney Janine Hoft and two sisters of the late Leslie Holmes said Wamhoff was unprofessional in handling her coroner duties and should have recused herself from the case because Leslies Holmes was dating Wamhoff's son, Reese, at the time of her death last summer and because Leslie's body was found on Reese's Bureau County property. The Holmes family asked the county board to immediately remove Wamhoff from office and to adopt policies requiring the coroner to recuse herself/himself when conflicts of interest exist in a death case.
In bringing the matter before the county board, Law Committee Chairman Bob McCook said the family had earlier presented its complaint to the committee, and the committee had also gotten a written response from Wamhoff. The law committee had asked for direction from Bureau County State's Attorney Patrick Herrmann who said the coroner is a constitutional officer, and the committee and county board do not have disciplinary control over the coronet. The committee's unanimous recommendation to the county board was to take no action against the coroner, McCook said.
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